17 Jul 2019

SAVE THE DATE: CCS Annual Public Lecture 2019

An exciting event to pop in your diaries is on the horizon - the CCS Annual Public Lecture. This year's presentation is called 'Whose fault is it that Bob caught syphilis?' and is being delivered by the Director of the Melbourne Sexual Health CentreProfessor Christopher Fairley AO.

Late one night in Melbourne, Bob got syphilis after having sex with a man with syphilis. Lots other men had sex with other men that night but didn’t contract syphilis.  Bob used a condom, but they don’t always protect against syphilis. So, ‘whose fault was it’ that Bob got syphilis? The answer matters because it leads to a solution to an important problem. With syphilis cases in Melbourne on the rise, we desperately need a solution.

Study links loss of ‘white matter’ in brain to MS symptom

Executive control includes the ability to stop ourselves from
behaving impulsively. The researchers have found that executive
control deficits are connected to reduced white matter in the
frontal lobe of the brain.
by Anne Crawford

While treatments are becoming increasingly effective in countering many of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), linking actual changes in the brain to its more elusive symptoms is vital to driving the development of therapies that can ultimately halt the disease.

Monash University researchers, led by Associate Professor Joanne Fielding and Dr Meaghan Clough in the Department of Neuroscience, are investigating deficits in executive control, that is the way our ‘higher brain’ controls basic behaviour, and determining which area in the brain is driving these deficits.

ACTA International Clinical Trials Conference

For those of you in forward planning mode, the ACTA International Clinical Trials Conference will be taking place this year from 2 - 5 October in Sydney.

The event, hosted by the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, will be an opportunity to discuss global advances in the development of self-improving healthcare systems.

CCS Recent Publications 9th - 15th July

Recent publications for Central Clinical School feature affiliated authors in the following departments:
Dr Marcus Robinson was first author
on a paper involving numerous
researchers from our Immunology
and Pathology Department

  • MSHC
  • Peninsula Clinical School
  • ACBD
  • MAPrc
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Surgery
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Gastroenterology

10 Jul 2019

Neuroscience researcher a driving force in global women’s MS group

Dr Vilija Jokubaitis
by Anne Crawford

A Department of Neuroscience researcher has become part of the inaugural executive committee of the newly announced International Women in Multiple Sclerosis (iWiMS) network.

Dr Vilija Jokubaitis is one of 12 committee members in the iWiMS and is overseeing mentorship within it.

The organisation officially announced itself this month in The Lancet Neurology.

It has developed over the past 12 months into a group of more than 250 members representing 25 countries, drawing members from basic science through to clinical research, from medical and scientific trainees to specialist consultant-neurologists and senior principal investigators to those working in allied health.

China-Australia Joint Research Centre

Prof. Zhuang, the director of the School of Public Health,
signed a memorandum of cooperation with Prof. Fairley
Professor Christopher Fairley, director of the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Professor of Public Health at Monash University, was recently invited to join a collaborative meeting held at the School of Public Health,  Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU). The meeting was also attended by A/Prof Jason Ong (Melbourne Sexual Health Centre), along with representatives from other local institutions with a view to strengthen international cooperation in infectious disease prevention and establish the China-Australia Joint Research Centre for Infectious Diseases.

Alfred Research Week Poster Comp Winners

Jodie Abramovitch won the Prof. Daniel
Czarny Prize for Allergy Research.

It has been a busy time for research posters.  The recent Translational Research Symposium saw our Translational Research Doctoral students present their research projects with the prize going to Charinthani Keragala. Simultaneously, Research Week was taking place, an annual event in June showcasing research across Alfred Health.

We would like to congratulate the following CCS staff and students for their winning posters:

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